Klaus Wittmann in Rzeszow on the feeling of European security

Former NATO planner and currently the leading German defence expert – Dr. Klaus Wittmann confirmed his participation in the XII Europa-Ukraine Forum.

In 1971-1976 he was studying history, political science and sociology at the University of Hamburg, where in 1976 he defended his doctoral thesis on the economic relations of the Third Reich and Sweden. He also spent one year on research at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London. In 1978 he began his military career at the Academy of Command and Staff of the German Armed Forces (FüAkBw) in Hamburg. He became commander of the battalion (from 1985 to 1988 of the artillery battalion 112 in Delmenhorst) and commander of the brigade (from 1992 to 1995 of the armoured brigade of 14 in Neustadt). In 1988-1992, he was a planning officer at the International Military Staff (IMS) at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels. From 2000 to 2005 he was a didactic director at the German Armed Forces Staff College, and then a director of planning and academic policy at NATO Defense College (NDC) in Rome. In October 2008 he retired after 42 years of service in the Bundeswehr.

He is currently a senior associate of the Aspen Institute Germany in Berlin and teaches at the Historical Institute of the University of Potsdam. His publications include the Journal for Foreign and Security Policy, WeltTrends, Jahrbuch Innere Führung, Die Welt, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Der Tagesspiegel, Rheinischer Merkur and The European.

During this year’s Europe-Ukraine Forum, Dr Klaus Wittmann will take part in a discussion panel: The war in Ukraine and the European sense of security. The main purpose of the discussion will be to pay attention to the fact that the intensifying of the conflict in Eastern Europe may undermine the sense of security of the whole continent. The crisis in Ukraine is a challenge not only for the European Union, but also for the North Atlantic Alliance. The Member States should strive to reach a common position on the tense situation in the east. The panellists will try to answer the question whether NATO and the EU can still be seen as an effective guarantor of European security in this tense situation.